Half-Life 2 for Sale?

Valve sends an explanation for why Half-Life 2 is not being activated at this time in spite of the couple reports of it being available at retail already:
Half-Life 2 For Sale?

If you have purchased a copy of Half-Life 2, we are sorry you are still waiting to play. This is not Valve's choice. Vivendi is insisting that the game has not yet been released, and has threatened that Valve would be in violation of its contract if we activate the Half-Life 2 Steam authentication servers at this time.

Thanks for your patience and we will update you when we have more news to share.
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Nov 13, 2004, 20:44
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Re: Nov 13, 2004, 20:44
Nov 13, 2004, 20:44
 
Hey numb nuts...before you keep bitching about prices take your head out of your ass and open your eyes.

Best Buy - $54.99
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?id=1056899605282&skuId=5756041&type=product

Electronics Boutique - $54.99
http://www.ebgames.com/ebx/product/235059.asp

Steam Bronze package is $49.99. Yes you might find a few places that will be selling it for less than $54.99 but two of the biggest retailers are $54.99.

Now lets look at Steam Silver package, it's $59.99, for $10 more you get DoD:Source and HL:Source. $5 for each game, which you cannot get retail unless you buy the Collectors Edition.

It is cheaper to buy from Steam.



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Re: demo
Nov 13, 2004, 20:39
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Re: demo Nov 13, 2004, 20:39
Nov 13, 2004, 20:39
 
the game is gonna sell like hotcakes without a demo, so why make one?

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Re: Not released?
Nov 13, 2004, 20:37
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Re: Not released? Nov 13, 2004, 20:37
Nov 13, 2004, 20:37
 
I think you mean Publishers?

Nah, he meant developers. We don't need em, just causing trouble!!!

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Nov 13, 2004, 20:35
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Re: Nov 13, 2004, 20:35
Nov 13, 2004, 20:35
 
Oh, please, don't feel sorry for VALVe.. all they are doing is rubbing their hands full of money.

They save money on the box, no the jewel case, and on the publisher royalties by selling via STEAM.

Yet for some reason the game STILL costs $49.99.

Let's see, if they actually gave us a discount, like $44.99 (vs $49.99 store price) then I'd actually feel sorry for them, but all they are doing is trying to cut out the publisher (yes, the publisher that gave them the funding to produce the game in the first place!) and stuff their pockets full of money.

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demo
Nov 13, 2004, 20:33
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demo Nov 13, 2004, 20:33
Nov 13, 2004, 20:33
 
you would figure after all this time they would release a demo of the damn game.

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Re: Not released?
Nov 13, 2004, 20:32
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Re: Not released? Nov 13, 2004, 20:32
Nov 13, 2004, 20:32
 
My feelings on develoeprs

I think you mean Publishers?

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Hm
Nov 13, 2004, 20:23
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Hm Nov 13, 2004, 20:23
Nov 13, 2004, 20:23
 
Valve: "Hi, this is Valve. We're gonna unlock HL2 now since the release date has been broken. Just thought you should know. Call me, love ya."

VU: "Hey, Valve. Got your voice mail. This is just to let you know that the release date has not been broken. The game has not been released. Thank you."

Valve: "Hi. This is Valve. We can confirm that the release date has been broken and that the game is selling and that people have bought it. We're gonna unlock it so that they can play."

VU: "Hey, jerks. We told you not to unlock the game. If you do we will sue you and then we will throw crap at your car and then we will plant bombs in your toilets. Watch out, because the next time you have to take a crap, more than one thing will blow!"

Valve: "Hi, this is Valve again. We've encrypted HL2 some more and we won't be letting anyone play it. We've personally gone home to the people that already have bought it and threatened them just like you threatened us. Hope you will forgive us and that we can date in the future."

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Re: Not released?
Nov 13, 2004, 20:18
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Re: Not released? Nov 13, 2004, 20:18
Nov 13, 2004, 20:18
 
My feelings on publishers: I think they're a neccessary evil. Younger companies, without a major title under their belts (and the money from one) have no chance at enterting a 3-4 year develop ment cycle without some kind of financial backing. Publishers are that financial backing.

You'd miss out on a lot of innovative games produced by first time developers if publishers are totally cut out of the loop. In this case, though, VU is just f***ing up hard..


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Re: Not released?
Nov 13, 2004, 20:15
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Re: Not released? Nov 13, 2004, 20:15
Nov 13, 2004, 20:15
 
And to think Valve are contracted to make one more game with Vivendi... they should release Codename Gordon 2 and get as far away from those mutherfuckers as soon as possible.

Steam WOULD HAVE been a good idea if Vivendi hadn't tried so hard to ruin it...money hungry corporate EVIL bastards.

I think Gamers should strike out against Evil publishers like VU and EA and MS...they seem to make game developers lives harder, not easier...if all game developers could be self funded, and sell their games on the net...that would be sweet. Third party hacks like publishers, marketing divisions, PR Hacks etc etc could fuck off and die and we could play games in peace. Assholes.

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Re: Not released?
Nov 13, 2004, 20:14
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Re: Not released? Nov 13, 2004, 20:14
Nov 13, 2004, 20:14
 
Ooh, you work in retail! Let us touch you, please?

Anyway, while VU are obviously greedy douches, the fact that copies exist and are at your retail outlet doesn't mean that the game is released. Or are you saying that once the company has produced a game box then the game is 'released'?

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No subject
Nov 13, 2004, 20:14
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No subject Nov 13, 2004, 20:14
Nov 13, 2004, 20:14
 
I think the point is more that the publisher wants to make money from boxed versions of the game, they probably get a much reduced/nothing amount from sales via steam.

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Re: StarForce? In a DEMO?
Nov 13, 2004, 20:13
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Re: StarForce? In a DEMO? Nov 13, 2004, 20:13
Nov 13, 2004, 20:13
 
Just because Vavle says they can't don't mean it is true.

They could just be blowing smoke, and they didn't have the needed people in the server rooms ready for the storm. After all, they might have thought it is the 16th, no ifs ands or buts, so they sent everyone home.

Bottom line is the consumer gets screwed (again) because of the protection used. They could have at least allowed a few days play time before the manditory check kicks in. Or even just allow the first level only.


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Re: Not released?
Nov 13, 2004, 20:12
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Re: Not released? Nov 13, 2004, 20:12
Nov 13, 2004, 20:12
 
This is ludicrous. Just release the damn game already. This is all about marketing masturbation so the suits at vivendi can claim they had a million players start HL2 on the same day, blah, blah blah.

Bring on Vampire already!


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w00t
Nov 13, 2004, 20:12
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Nov 13, 2004, 20:12
 
If I can just manage to snag a copy in the next two days, I can play as soon as everybody else!
Hmm...I might pay $100 for a copy right now!
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Re: Not released?
Nov 13, 2004, 20:11
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Re: Not released? Nov 13, 2004, 20:11
Nov 13, 2004, 20:11
 
I like this, using this as an opportunity to take a shot at Vivendi. It's obvious Valve has had enough of them.

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Not released?
Nov 13, 2004, 20:07
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Not released? Nov 13, 2004, 20:07
Nov 13, 2004, 20:07
 
That's total crap. I work in retail and we've had our copies of HL2 in our security room for about 3 days now. Don't say it isn't released when it really is. If you wanna just say, "We can't activate it right now because the street date is Nov. 16th," then fine.

Am I mistaken, or weren't we all already planning on waiting until Tuesday anyway???

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Re: Well...
Nov 13, 2004, 20:07
3.
Re: Well... Nov 13, 2004, 20:07
Nov 13, 2004, 20:07
 
Isnt Vivendi the ones thats sueing? If so, they could hold up the release of the game till hell freezes over couldnt they? hummm

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hmm, gay VU
Nov 13, 2004, 20:06
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hmm, gay VU Nov 13, 2004, 20:06
Nov 13, 2004, 20:06
 
VU really bugs me but whatever. Not that I even have my copy. I'm hoping my EB calls me up Monday or Tuesday saying they have it in...

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Well...
Nov 13, 2004, 20:05
1.
Well... Nov 13, 2004, 20:05
Nov 13, 2004, 20:05
 
At least now everyone on the steam forums can stop blaming Gabe & company for "going back on their word".

Blame Vivendi.

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